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attached to Col. Bianchard's regiment, while at that time, Stark was only
a lieutenant in the Rangers. Subsequently Folsom was successively
major, lieutenant-colonel and colonel of the 4th New-Hampshire Regi-
ment of militia, and was in command of his regiment at the commence-
ment of the Revolution ; while Stark at that time held no military office,
and only had the title of captain, from the fact that he held such a com-
mission in the " Seven Years' War." The 17th of May the Convention
met at Exeter, and voted to raise two thousand men and divide them into
three regiments. On the 20th, Enoch Poor and James Reid were appoint-
ed colonels of two of these regiments, and Nathaniel Folsom was appointed
major-general, to command these regiments and all troops raised in New-
Hampshire. At a later date Stark repaired to Exeter and was ap-
pointed colonel of his regiment, then at Medford. Folsom outranked
Stark in every particular. But in this matter of being superseded by
Poor, Stark was right. Poor had seen no service, and held no commission
prior to May 20, 1775. On that day he and Reid were commissioned,
while the third commission was left unfilled for Stark. He went to Exeter,
and the Convention appointed him colonel of " the First New-Hampshire
Regiment." Thus the Convention determined the matter of rank, and
gave the precedence to Stark. But this same old feud betwixt Folsom and
Stark gave Poor the promotion, as it had Sullivan in 1775. Folsom
pressed his claims for this same appointment. Stark wanted it, but Congress
gave it to Poor ; thus, as is usual in such cases, disappointing two instead
of one. As it proved, the promotion was a happy one. Poor was a most
excellent officer, and Stark was in a position to do excellent service at Ben-
nington.



298 adjutant-general's report.

ing ill-feeling betwixt the Second and Third regiments, on
account of their rank, but mainly because Col. Scammel
was to be made colonel in Gen. Poor's place, — a junior
officer in both rank and years. Lieutenant-Col. Joseph
Cilley was made colonel of " the First," Nathan Hale
colonel of " the Second," and Alexander Scammel, colonel
of "the Third" regiment. The rolls of the three regi-
ments, as thus organized in April, 1777, were as follows :

First New-Hampshire Regiment^ April 7, 1777.

Joseph Cilley, Nottingham, Colonel.
George Reid, Londonderry, Lieut. Colonel.
Jeremiah Gilman, Plaistow, Major.
Caleb Stark, Derryfield, Adjutant.
Benjamin Kimball, Plaistow, Paymaster.
Patrick Cogan, Durham, Quartermaster.
John Hale, Hollis, Surgeon.
Jonathan Poole, Hollis, Surgeon's Mate.
Samuel Cotton, Litchfield, Chaplain.

Co7npanies.

1. Isaac Farwell, Charlestown, Captain.

James Taggart, Peterborougli, First Lieutenant.
Jeremiah Pritchard, New-Ipswich, Second Lieutenant.
Jonathan Willard, Charlestown, Ensign.

2. Jason Wait, Al stead. Captain.

Peleg Williams, Charlestown, First Lieutenant.
William Bradford, Amherst, Second Lieutenant.
Joseph Lawrence, Walpole, Ensign.

3. Amos Emerson, Chester, Captain.

Jonathan Emerson, Dunstable, First Lieutenant.
AVilliam Lee, Lyndoborough, Second Lieutenant.
Simeon Merrill, Chester, Ensign.

4. Amos Morrill, Epsom, Captain.

Nathaniel McCauley, Litchfield, First Lieutenant.
Barzilli How, Hillsborough, Second Lieutenant.
David Mudget, Gilmantou, Ensign.



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5. Ebenezer Fiye, Pembroke, Captain.
John Moore, Pembroke, First Lieutenant.
Asa Senter, Londonderry, Second Lieutenant.
Joshua Thompson, Londonderry, Ensign.

6. John House, Hanover, Captain.

James Gould, Cockerraouth,* First Lieutenant.
Daniel Clap, Hanover, Second Lieutenant.
Thomas Blake, Lebanon, Ensign.

7. Nathaniel Hutchins, Hopkinton, Captain.
Simon Sartel, Charlestown, First Lieutenant.
William Hutchins, Weare, Second Lieutenant.
Samuel Sweat, Kingston, Ensign.

8. William Scott,t Peterborough, Captain.
Moody Dustin, Litchfield, First Lieutenant.
Josiah Munroe, Amherst, Second Lieutenant.
Francis Chandonnet, Quebec, Ensign.

* Cockerraouth is now Groton.

f "William Scott was of Scotch-Irish descent. His father, Alexander
Scott, was one of the first settlers of Peterborough, moving into that town
in 1742. While preparing a permanent settlement, he left his wife in
Townsend, Ms., where William was born in May, 1743. He was con-
nected with Goife's regiment, in 1760, and was noted as a man of energj'
and courage. In 1775 he was a lieutenant in one of the Massachusetts
regiments, and fought with desperate courage. His leg was fractured early
in the battle, but he continued fighting, until, receiving other wounds, he
fell and was taken prisoner. He was taken to Halifax upon the evacuation
of Boston, March 17, 1776, thrown into prison, but escaped by undermin-
ing the walls. He was in Fort Washington at the time of its surrender,
Nov. 17, 1776, and was the only person who escaped. He swam the Hud-
son by night, a mile in width, and thus eifected his escape. He was pro-
moted to a captaincy in Col. Henry's regiment, in the Massachusetts line,
January 1, 1777; but preferring a position in the New-Hampshire line, he
accepted a captaincy in Col. Cilley's regiment, as above. He was with the
army under Gen. Sullivan, at Khode-Island, and served with it till 1781,
when he entered the naval service on board the Dane frigate, and con-
tinued in that service until the close of the war. He died at Litchfield,
New- York, Sept. 19, 1796, aged 56 years.— iV^. H. Hist. Coll.



300 adjutant-general's report.

Second New-Hampshire Eegiment, April 2, 1777.

Nathan Hale,* Riiulge, Colonel.

Winborn Adams, Dorham, Lieut. Colonel.

Benjamin Titcomb, Dover, Major.

William Elliott, Exeter, Adjutant.

Jerry Fogg, Kensington, Paymaster. ■

Richard Brown, Unity, Quartermaster.

William Parker, Jun., Exeter, Surgeon. ;

Peltiah Warren, Berwick, Surgeon's Mate.

Augustus Hibbard, Claremont, Chaplain.

Compajiies.

1. James IlTorris, Epping, Captain.

John Colcord, Newmarket, Fist Lieutenant.
James Nichols, Brentwood, Second Lieutenant.
Josiah Meloon, Sandown, Ensign.

2. John Drew, Barrington, Captain.

William Wallace, Northwood, First Lieutenant.
David Gilman, Raymond, Second Lieutenant.
William M. Bell, Newcastle, Ensign.

3. James Carr, Somersworth, Captain.

Samuel Cherry, Londonderry, First Lieutenant.
Pelatiah Whittemore, New-Ipswich, Second Lieut.
George Frost, Greenland, Ensign. •

4. Frederick M. Bell,t Dover, Captain.
Thomas Hardy, Pelham, First Lieutenant.
Ebenezer Light, Exeter, Second Lieutenant.
Samuel Adams, Durham, Ensign.

* Nathan Hale was from Rindsje. Upon the retreat from Ticonderoga,
in July of this year, Col. Hale's regiment was ordered to cover the rear
of the invalids, and fell some six or seven miles in the rear. The next
morning, July 7, he was attacked by an advanced party of the enemy at
Hubbardton, and suffered severely, the colonel, three captains, his adju-
tant, and one hundred men being taken prisoners, and his major, the gal-
lant Benjamin Titcomb, being severely wounded.

f Frederic M. Bell, of Dover, was wounded in the battle of Stillwater,
was removed to the hospital, but died of his wound.



MILITARY HISTORY — 1623 TO 1861. 301

5. Caleb Robinson, Exeter, Captain.
Moses Dustin, Candia, First Lieutenant.
Michael Hoit, Newtown, Second Lieutenant.
Luke Woodbury, Salem, Ensign.

6. William Rowell, Epping, Captain.
Enoch Chase, Dover, First Lieutenant.
Benjamin Nute, Rochester, Second Lieutenant.
Joshua Mirrow, Rochester, Ensign.

7. Elijah Clayes, Fitzwilliam, Captain.
Samuel Bradford, Amherst, First Lieutenant.
Joseph Potter, Fitzwilliam, Second Lieutenant.
William Taggart, Hillsborough, Ensign.

8. Samuel Blodget,* Goffstown, Captain-
James Crombie, Rindge, First Lieutenant.
Noah Robinson, Exeter, Second Lieutenant.
David Forsyth, Chester, Ensign.

* Samuel Blodget was born in Woburn, Ms., April 1, 1724. He was a
man of great energy and enterprise. He was a merchant, in Haverhill
and Boston, of extensive business. He was in the Louisburg expedition, in
a regiment from Massachusetts, probab>y as sutler. In 1757 he was a
sutler in the New-Hampshire regiment in the Crown Point Expedition
of that year, and was one of the men surrendered with Fort William
Henry ; he escaped massacre by the Indians, after the loss of his goods, and
his clothes had been stripped from his back, by taking to the woods
and secreting himself under a bateau upon the shore of the lake. He had
purchased a farm in Goffstown, in 1751, and spent much of his time
there. In 1759 he moved his family to that town. In 1771 he was ap-
pointed a justice of the inferior court of common pleas for the county of
Hillsborough. In 1775, he was sutler in Sullivan's brigade at Winter
Hill, and in 1777 captain as above. After peace he spent four years in
Europe. In 1793 he moved upon the Merrimack on its west bank, near
Amoskeag Falls, commenced the Blodget Canal around those falls, spent
his large fortune upon the work, completed it under very adverse circum-
stances, and died soon after its completion, September 1, 1807, in the 84th
year of his age.



302 adjutant-general's report.

Third New- Hampshire Regiment, April, 1777.

Alexander Scainrael,* Durham, Colonel.
Audrew Coburn,t Marlborough, Lieut. Colonel.
Henry Dearborn, Nottingham, Major.
Nicholas Gilman, Exeter, Adjutant.
"William Weeks, Jr., Greenland, Paymaster.
James Blanchard, Dunstable, Quartermaster.
Ivory Hovey, Berwick, Surgeon.
Vacant, Surgeon's Mate.
Nathaniel Porter, New-Durham, Chaplain.

' Companies.

1. Isaac Frye, Wilton, Captain.

William Hawkins, Wilton, First Lieutenant.
. Ezekiel Goodale, Temple, Second Lieutenant.
Samuel Leman, Hollis, Ensign.

* Alexander Scammel was born in Mendon (now Milford), Ms., and
graduated at Harvard in 1769. In 1771 he went to Portsmouth, N. H.,
and was there in the employment of the Government, surveying and ex-
amining lands. About this time he taught school in Berwick, and became
acquainted with the Sullivans — entering John Sullivan's office at Durham
as a student at law. In August, 1772, he was in government employment
on board the armed sloop " Lord Chatham," bound for Boston, with
dispatches, pliiiis, &c., for "the Lords of the Treasury." Being a student
in the office of an ardent patriot, he entered warmly into the struggle for
independence, and when his instructor. Gen. Sullivan, was appointed
brio-adier-general, in 1775, in the Continental army, he did not forget his
pupil, but obtained for. him the appointment of brigade-major. When
the New-Hampshire regiments were reorganized, in December, 1776, Maj.
Scammel was appointed colonel of the regiment of Col. Reid, that officer
having resigned. Upon the promotion of Col. Poor, Col. Scammel was
transferred to his regiment. He was appointed adjutant-general of the
Continental army, in 1780, in which office be continued, with deserved pop-
ularity, until his sad death. At the siege of Yorktown, September 30 of
that vear, he was officer of the day, and while reconnoitering the enemy's
position, was surprised by a party of their horse, taken prisoner, and after-
ward barbarously wounded by them. He died of his wound at Williams-
burg, Va., October 6, 1781, aged about 33 years.

•j- Andrew Coburn was of Marlborough, and was appointed to this reg-
iment as Lieut. Colonel, upon its new organization. He was killed at the
battle of Stillwater, in September of this year.



MILITARY HISTORY — 1623 TO 1861. 303

2. Richard "Weare,* Hampton-Falls, Captain.

James Wedgewood, North-Hampton, First Lieutenant.
Thomas Simpson, Haverhill, Second Lieutenant.
Nathaniel Leavitt, Hampton, Ensign.

3. "William Ellis, Keene, Captain,

Eben Fletcher, Chesterfield, First Lieutenant.
Benjamin Ellis, Keene, Second Lieutenant.
Joseph Facy, Walpole, Ensign.

4. Zachariah Beal, Portsmouth, Captain.
Nathaniel Gilman, Newmarket, First Lieutenant.
John Dennet, Portsmouth, Second Lieutenant.
Joseph Boynton, Stratham, Ensign.

5. Michael McClary,t Epsom, Captain.
Andrew McGaftey, Epsom, First Lieutenant.
Joseph Hilton, Deerfield, Second Lieutenant.
Dudley Chase, Stratham, Ensign.

6. Daniel Livermore, Concord, Captain.

David McGregor, Londonderry, First Lieutenant.
Amos Colburn, Chesterfield, Second Lieutenant.
Nathan Hoit, Moultonborough, Ensign.

7. Benjamin Stone, Atkinson, Captain.
Benjamin Hichcox, Campton, First Lieutenant.
Amos Webster, Plymouth, Second Lieutenant.
Joshua Eaton, Gofi:8tovvn, Ensign.

8. James Gray, Epsom, Captain.

Joseph Huntoon, Kingston, First Lieutenant.
Adna Penniman, Moultonborough, Second Lieut.
Jonathan Cass, Epping, Ensign.

* Kichiircl Weare was of Hampton-Falls, and the son of Hon. Meshech
Weare, the President of the Council and the Committee of Safety at this
time. Capt. Weare was killed at Fort Ann, New-York, upon the retreat
of our troops from Ticonderoga.

J Michael McClary, the sou of Capt. .John McClary, was killed in the
battle of Saratosra.



304 adjutant-general's report.

These regiments were under the iraramediate command
of Gen. Sullivan, and had their rendezvous at Ticondero-
ga. There they remained until the approach of Gen.
Burgoyne, with his army, July 6, 1777, when they retired.
There was an alarm that Ticonderoga was in danger, in
May, 1777, when expresses w^ere sent into jSTew-Hampshire,
calling for the militia. Upon this alarm, Major-Gen. Fol-
sora, May 7, ordered out portions of the regiments in the
western part of the State, and Col. Benjamin Bellows,
Samuel Ashley, and Jonathan Chase, marched with their
regiments to Ticonderoga. The alarm proved to be false,
and the troops returned in about three weeks. The rolls
of the officers of these detachments were as follows :

Col. Bellows' Regiment.
Benjamin Bellows,* Colonel.
Amos Shepard, Adjutant.
Thomas Stearns, Surgeon.
John Spencer, Quartermaster.

*Col. Benjamin Bellows was of Walpole, and the son of Col. Benjamin
Bellows, the founder of that town, who figured in the "Seven Years'
War," and was born May 26, 1712, and died July 10, 1777, aged 62 years.
The colonel, his son, was born October 6, 1740, at Walpole, where he lived
and died. He was highly respected and trusted in the community, being
in public employment the greater part of his life. He was chosen clerk of
the town of Walpole at the early age of 19 years, and continued in the of-
fice for thirty-six years. He filled, at an early period of life, almost every
office, high or low, in his town and county. He was representative from
bis town, and senator and councilor from his districts He was chosen a
member of the Continental Congress in 1781, and declined ; his business
probably preventing his acceptance of the honorable position. He was a
member of the Convention of February, 1788, that ratified the Federal
Constitution. He was President of the Electoral College in this State,
when George Washington was elected President, in 1789, and again elector
in 1797, when John Adams was elected President. In the militia of the
State, he rose from corporal to command his brigade, when an office in the
militia meant something more than playing soldier. Through the entire
Eevolution, as colonel of his regiment, he was actively engaged in raising
troops for the government. But he also took the field, and at the head of
his regiment marched to Ticonderoga, upon the alarm of May, 1777; also
again, in June of the same year, and a third time in September, and assist-
ed in compelling the surrender of Burgoyne. Gen. Bellows died in June,
1802, in the 62d year of his age.



MILITARY HISTORY — 1623 TO 1861. S05

Companies.
1. Abel "Walker, Captain.

Bradford Spoflbrd, Lieutenant.
Jabez Beckwith, Ensign.
2, Christopher Webber, Captain.
Samuel Hurd, First Lieutenant.
Amos Chase, Second Lieutenant.
Eber Lewis, Ensign.

Col. Ashley's Regiment.
Samuel Ashley,* Colonel.
Timothy Ellis, Major.
Ephraim Stone, Adjutant.
Leonard Keep, Quartermaster.

*Col. Samuel Ashley was from Winchester; his father, Rev. Joseph
Ashley, being the minister of that town. Col. Ashley was often chosen to
represent the town, and was a delegate to the Convention which met at
Exeter in May, 1775, and May 24, of that year, was chosen one of the
"Committee of Safety." He was the member from Winchester of that
Congress that met at Exeter, January 5, 1776, and " voted to take up the
civil government for the colony," and was chosen one of the two Counsel-
lors for Cheshire County, by that Congress, for that year. He was ap-
pointed the same year colonel of the 13th regiment of the New-Hampshire
Militia. Being upon the western frontier he was many times called upon
to take the field, and was always ready, as at this present call. He went
with a detachment of his regiment at "the second alarm at Ticonderoga,"
June 27, 1777; was in the battle of Bennington, as a volunteer, and was
upon Gen. Stark's staff, probably as brigade-major; was at Saratoga,
with his friend Bellows, under Gates, and assisted in compellino- the sur-
render of Burgoyne, as the following complimentary letter shows:

Ticonderoga, Nov. 9, 1777.
Gentlemen: I return you and the officers and soldiers under your com-
mand, my thanks for the spirit and expedition both you and they have
shown in marching, upon the lirst alarm, upwards of "on'e hundred miles,
to the support of this important post, when threatened with an immediate
attack from the enemy's army. I now dismiss you with the honor you
have so well deserved. I further certify that neither you nor any under
your command have received any pay or reward from me, for your services
on this occasion : that, I leave to be settled by the general Congress, with
the Convention of your State.

With great respect, I am, gentlemen.

Your most obedient and humble servant,

Horatio Gates.
To Col. Ashley and Col. Bellows, commanding the regiments of Militia
from the County of Cheshire, in the State of New-Hampshire.
After the close of the war Col. Ashley moved to Claremont, and died
there.

20



306 adjutant-general's report.

Comfanies.

1. Waitstill Soott, Captain.

James Robertson, First Lieutenant.
John Chamberlain, Second Lieutenant.
Samuel Davis, Ensign.

2. Davis Howlet, Captain.
Elisha March, First Lieutenant.
Edmund Ingalls, Second Lieutenant.

3. Josiah Brown, Captain.

Asa Sherwin, First Lieutenant.
Samuel Howard, Second Lieutenant.
Benjamin Williams, Ensign.

Col. Chase's Megimmt

Jonathan Chase,* Colonel.

Josiah Potter, Chaplain.

"William Denner, Adjutant.

Djer Spaulding, Quartermaster.

John Stevens, Sergeant-Major.

Solomon Chase, Captain.

Josiah Russell, "

Joshua Kendall, "

Edmund Freeman, "

David Warren, Lieutenant.

Seth Martin, "

Ebenezer Leland, Ensign.

Isaac Main, "

Simeon Derry, "

Nathaniel Wright, "
These troops were discharged the 21st of June, and had
hardly got home when other expresses arrived, that Bur-
goyne and his army had actually arrived within a few
miles of Ticonderoga, and was about to invest the fated
fortress.

* Col. Jonathan Chase was from Cornish, and took a prominent part in
the Kevolution. He marched his regiment to Ticonderoga, upon the first
alarm in May, as above ; again rallied his regiment, when that fortress fell
into the hands of Burgoyne, and was in the field with his regiment at the
surrender of Burgoyne.



MILITARY HISTORY — 1623 TO 1861. 807

Gen. Folsom made a requisition .upon the same officers
for troops, and also for other detachments of militia, and
they answered his requisition with alacrity. But the fort-
ress being evacuated July 6, these troops were of no great
use, save to swell our army upon its retreat.

The officers of these regiments were as follows :

Col. Bellows'' Regiment.
Benjamin Bellows, Colonel.
Samuel Kent, Lieut. Colonel.
William Hayward, First Major.
John Bellows, Second Major.
Augustus Hibbard, Chaplain.
Martin Ashley, Surgeon.
Lemuel Sargent, Adjutant.

Companies.

1. Christopher "Webber, Captain.
John Jennison, First Lieutenant.
Levi Hooper, Second Lieutenant.
Ebeuezer Swan, Ensign.

2. Samuel Canfield, Captain.
William Read, First Lieutenant.
Ruel Royee, Second Lieutenant.

3. Oliver Ashley, Captain.
Samuel Ashley, First Lieutenant.
Asa Jones, Second Lieutenant.

4. Amos Shepard, Captain.
Samuel Kidder, Lieutenant.
Oliver Shepard, Ensign.

5. Uriah Wilcox, First Lieutenant.
Moses Thurston, Second Lieutenant.

6. Abel Walker, Captain.

James Farnsworth, First Lieutenant.
Peter Page, Second Lieutenant.
Jonathan White, Ensign.

7. William Keys, Captain.
Samuel Harper, Lieutenant.

8. Samuel Nichols, Lieutenant.
Ezra Pamerly, Lieutenant.



308 adjutant-general's report.

Col. Ashley's Bcgiment.

Samuel Ashley, Coloneli
Joseph Hammond, Lieut. Colonel.
AVilliam Humphrey, Adjutant.
Thomas Frink. Surgeon.
• Capt. Thomas Harvey, Volunteer.

Lieut. Elisha Whitcomb, '^
Lieut. Ebenezer Kilburn, "
Lieut. Samuel Wright, "

Comjpanies.

1. Oliver Cobleigh, Captain.
Josiah Hardings, Ensign.

2. Oliver Capron, Captain.
Henry Ingalls, Lieutenant.
Seth Alexander, Ensign.
liufus Whipple, Ensign.

3. James Robinson, Lieutenant.
Moses Smith, Lieutenant.
David Kennison, Ensign.

4. Davis Howlet, Captain.
Daniel Warner, Lieutenant.
Daniel Kingsbury, Lieutenant.
James Horton, Ensign.

5. James Robinson, Lieutenant.
Moses Smith, Lieutenant.
Daniel Kennison, Ensign.

6. John Mellen, Captain.
Ebenezer Perry, Lieutenant.
Samuel Twitchell, Lieutenant.
Oliver Wright, Lieutenant.

7. Elisha Mack, Captain.
Ebenezer Kilburn, Lieutenant.
Abner Skinner, Lieutenant.
Timothy Dimock, Ensign.

8. Daniel Shattuck, Captain.



MILITARY HISTORY — 1623 TO 1861. 309

Col. Chase's* Hegimeiii, under the command of Major Francis

Smith.

Francis Smith, Major-commanding.
"William Ripley, Adjutant.
Joseph Lewis, Surgeon.
Moses Chase, Captain,

Edmund Freeman, "

Moses Whipple, "

Elisha Ticknold, "

David Woodward, *'

Abel Stearns, "

Abel- Spaulding, Lieutenant.
Elisha Ticknold, ' "

Reuben Jerrold, "

Jonathan Freeman, "

John Lyman, "

Thomas Durkee, "

Elijah Cady, "

Samuel Estabrooks, Ensign.
Thomas Baldwin, "

But few of the militia, aside from the regiments upon
the Connecticut river, were able to reach the neighbor-
hood of Ticonderoga before our troops retreated. Many
detachments started, but on their way met the retreating
army, or expresses advising of the retreat ; thus —

From Westmoreland and vicinity, a company of 63 men,
under the command of

John Cole, Captain ;

Jonathan Holton, First Lieutenant ;

Abial Eddy, Second Lieutenant;

James Butterfield, Ensign ;
marched June 28 to within five miles of Otter Creek,
where an express from Col. Bellows informed them that
the enemy had retired. They returned to No. 4, when
they w^ere overtaken by orders to march to Ticonderoga.

* Col. Chase did not march with his regiment, but probably joined it on
the way to Ticonderoga.



310 adjutant-general's report.

They obeyed and got within " three miles of Col. Mead's
(at Otter Creek) where they met the army on their re-
treat."

From Nottingham West (now Hudson) and vicinity, a
company of 24 men, commanded by

James Ford, Captain,
marched as far as Dublin, where an express met them
ordering them home. They returned the 5th of July,
and the next day were " ordered out again, and went as
far as Number 4, where they heard of the evacuation of
Ticonderoga, and returned."

From Amherst and Wilton, two companies marched
June 30, under

Abial Abbott, Major ;

1. Stephen Peabody,* Captain ;
John Bradford, Lieutenant ;

John Patterson, Ensign ; 26 men.

2. Nathan Ballard, Captain.

Joseph Farnham, First Lieutenant ;

Eli Wilkins, Second Lieutenant ; 37 men,
for Ticonderoga. The'y had got as far as Number 4,
when they were ordered home ; but had got only as far
as Dublin on the return, when they were ordered to march
"with all speed for Ticonderoga," and marched as far as
Otter Creek, where they heard of the evacuation.

From New-Ipswich and vicinity, a company of 44 men,
under

Josiah Brown, Captain ;

Edmund Bryant, First Lieutenant ;

Isaac Clark, Second Lieutenant ;

Hezekiah Corah, Ensign ;

* Stephen Peabody was an active soldier in the first part of the Revo-
lution, and as such distinguished himself. He was the adjutant of Col.
Poor's regiment on Winter Hill, in the summer and foil of 1775; major
in Col. Wyman's regiment, raised in June, 177G ; a volunteer as captain
in the alarm as to Ticonderoga, in June, 1777 ; a volunteer upon the staff
of Gen. Stark, in the battle of Bennington, June 16, 1777, and lieutenant-



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